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post Jul 29 2009, 12:39 PM
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I took my driving theory test yesterday. For those not in the UK, this is 50 questions about law/safe driving and a 'hazard perception' test. Of the 50 questions, you need to get 42-ish to pass, and I got 47, so that's no problem.

... However, I 'failed' the hazard perception test. There are two things that I should mention here:

1. My driving instructor says that I'm a fast learner and that my hazard perception skills have always been highly developed.

2. I make computer games for a living, so I can respond to on-screen stimuli pretty fast and accurately.

The instructions say that you should click whenever a situation occurs or develops, and a situation is described as something requiring you to change speed or direction that is caused by anything with legs or wheels.

You get to watch 14 clips and you have to click a mouse button when anything that matches the description happens. 1 of the 14 clips has two 'situations' in it, the rest only have one.

I've practised these a lot before and always passed, my average score was over three, enough to give me a pass mark, except that three of my clips were disallowed. Apparently I had double-clicked and that had disqualified my response, meaning that I scored 0. As stated above, I work with computers a lot. I know what is described by the rest of the world as a double click - I didn't do that. More to the point, what blooming idiot decided 'ah yes, you've spotted that danger, but you've spotted it emphatically so you're obviously cheating'?

Anyway, I aksed for a human to review my three disallowed clips and I'll get the result in nine days. I'm most irritated. I hate badly designed systems generally, but ones that are funded by the government, which I could improve with about half an hour of coding, and that I'm charged 31 to use? I really despise those.


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post Aug 1 2009, 02:12 AM
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Did someone say something about getting tested again after two years? We need to average our driving laws. Depending on where you are, the test can be VERY easy to pass. However, I think one of the big dangers is that once you get your license, unless it gets revoked for some reason, you never get tested again! This leads to a lot of unfortunate accidents with elderly drivers - I don't have statistics or anything, but hearing about an elderly man running over a second-grader as he leaves the voting station at the school is rather heartbreaking. My test felt rigid enough, but before they changed the laws, you took the written test (pretty easy) and then went out with someone who told you to do a 3 point turn and then passed you. And we have a computerized permit test, but none of this silly clicking stuff. That sounds like an eyesight exam.

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- Mata   Driving theory test - grrr!   Jul 29 2009, 12:39 PM
- - funked)out_frog   Grah. Hope the human lets you one stop closer t...   Jul 29 2009, 12:48 PM
- - Mata   I personally believe I now have the essential skil...   Jul 29 2009, 12:58 PM
- - Cath   Yeh I got very close to failing my theory as well ...   Jul 29 2009, 01:09 PM
- - CheeseMoose   Ah, I remember that. I didn't have any problem...   Jul 29 2009, 01:47 PM
|- - MrTeapot   QUOTE (CheeseMoose @ Jul 29 2009, 02:47 P...   Jul 30 2009, 11:29 AM
- - Cath   It really isn't there is a limit to how many t...   Jul 29 2009, 04:39 PM
- - Mata   I've got software that does that, and it just ...   Jul 29 2009, 10:27 PM
- - Cath   Yeh I do agree that it does show you how pointless...   Jul 29 2009, 11:01 PM
- - SPEAKERfortheLOST   For reference, I work on those systems from time t...   Jul 29 2009, 11:30 PM
- - Hobbes   Sounds to me like they created a computer-marked t...   Jul 30 2009, 09:35 AM
- - crazymat   I'm ashamed to admit that I failed my hazard p...   Jul 30 2009, 12:42 PM
- - Cath   From my perspective I'd rather have people fai...   Jul 30 2009, 01:17 PM
- - Mata   I agree that it's better to fail for good reas...   Jul 30 2009, 10:26 PM
- - gothictheysay   Did someone say something about getting tested aga...   Aug 1 2009, 02:12 AM
|- - LoLo   QUOTE (gothictheysay @ Jul 31 2009, 07:12...   Aug 1 2009, 03:35 PM
- - Hobbes   As far as I am aware about England's rules, if...   Aug 1 2009, 08:44 AM
|- - Cath   QUOTE (Hobbes @ Aug 1 2009, 09:44 AM) A n...   Aug 1 2009, 11:37 AM
- - Cath   They dont do retesting over here you just have to ...   Aug 2 2009, 02:18 PM
- - theorytest   Thanks for the posts and nice to hear your experie...   Dec 14 2009, 12:40 PM
- - Miss-Smiley   Being a new driver I really enjoyed reading this t...   Dec 18 2009, 06:28 PM
- - theorytest   Guys...no need to worry at all if you fail theory ...   Dec 30 2009, 10:53 AM
- - Pixiegoth   Maaaan what's going on with these human spam b...   Dec 31 2009, 01:44 PM
- - Mata   Every time I've been out in a car I've see...   Jan 1 2010, 08:46 PM
|- - Hobbes   QUOTE (Mata @ Jan 1 2010, 08:46 PM) Every...   Jan 2 2010, 01:16 AM
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- - crazymat   I think it is, when the prohibition is reasonable ...   Jan 2 2010, 11:40 AM
- - Cath   Sorry Mat as nice as that would be I think it...   Jan 2 2010, 05:11 PM
- - crazymat   Yeah that's what I mean - the chances of getti...   Jan 2 2010, 08:02 PM

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